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Barnsley man jailed for 18 years for sexual abuse of girl

Paul Fury was charged with multiple child sexual offences Credit: South Yorkshire Police

A 46-year-old Barnsley man has been jailed for 18-years for sexually abusing a young girl for nearly a decade.

Paul Fury from Wombwell appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Friday 5 February to receive his sentence after being found guilty of 13 non-recent offences including rape, gross indecency and inciting and female aged between 13 and 15 to engage in sexual activity.

The jury heard how Fury subjected his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to nearly a decade of sexual abuse from when she was around seven-years-old.

In March 2015 his victim, now an adult, called South Yorkshire Police and told them about the abuse.

Fury was interviewed and later charged with multiple child sexual offences.

The victim has demonstrated incredible courage, coming forward to disclose years and years of awful abuse. Fury refused to accept his guilt and put his victim through a trial process, where his horrific crimes were highlighted before the courts. I hope the result at court last week offers the victim some form of closure as she begins to rebuild her life.

– Detective Constable Liz Portman from Barnsley’s Public Protection Unit

Bus services in Barnsley cancelled after Tates Travel ceases trading

A bus company in South Yorkshire has ceased trading leading to all its services ending with immediate effect.

Tates Travel ran services in Barnsley and gave less than 24 hours' notice to passengers that the routes would be cancelled.

With the shock collapse of Tates Travel, we need to make sure that local people are not left high and dry, and cut off in their communities.

I'm contacting the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive to demand that urgent action is taken so that other bus providers can step in to run vital local bus services.

– Michael Dugher MP

Lee Johnson leaves Barnsley for Bristol City

Lee Johnson has left his role as Barnsley manager after being appointed as the new head coach of Bristol Rovers on a three-and-a-half year contract.

Johnson was in the stands at Bristol City today Credit: PA

The 34-year-old was given permission to speak to the Robins on Friday after the Championship strugglers triggered a release clause in his contract at Oakwell.

Paul Heckingbottom and Tommy Wright have take responsibility for first-team matters for the time being at the South Yorkshire outfit.

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Barnsley boss Lee Johnson given permission to speak to Bristol City

Barnsley have given their head coach Lee Johnson permission to speak to Bristol City concerning their managerial vacancy.

Credit: Press Association

In a statement the club said it had given Johnson permission because it believes that 'the structures that we now have in place must be the key to our future success rather than dependence on a single individual'.

This morning we gave permission to Lee Johnson to speak to Bristol City concerning their managerial vacancy. We gave this permission because we believe that the structures that we now have in place must be the key to our future success rather than dependence on a single individual. If Lee decides to stay with Barnsley Football Club we will be delighted, but if he chooses to move on, we will continue unabated with the plan we have in place for the progression of our Club.

– Barnsley FC

Barnsley edge past Fleetwood to book Wembley date

Barnsley beat Fleetwood Town in a penalty shootout to secure their place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley.

Credit: Press Association

A 1-1 draw last night meant the tie finished 2-2 on aggregate.

Adam Hammill won the shootout 4-2 for the Tykes, to book a Wembley date against Oxford on 3 April.

It will be Barnsley's first appearance at Wembley since losing to Cardiff in an FA Cup semi-final in 2008.

Rural Barnsley businesses advised to protect themselves from opportunistic thieves

Rural businesses in Barnsley are being advised to protect their property to help drive down rural crime in the district. Opportunistic thieves often target businesses such as farms due to their location, and Inspector Julie Mitchell from the Barnsley West Local Policing Team wants to encourage rural businesses to take steps in order to protect themselves.

Due to the vast area they cover, rural businesses can be particularly hard to police and despite Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) regularly patrolling these rural areas across the district, businesses such as farms are often targeted for high value machinery. I would encourage any business, but particularly members of the farming industry, to take certain steps in order to help protect their business and property. Marking pieces of high value machinery and equipment will act as a deterrent to thieves and will also help to identify any stolen property. There are several types of marking available including forensic and ultra-violet marking. Ensuring that buildings, doors and padlocks are secure will also help to protect property within a business. “I would like to reassure residents that rural crime and protecting businesses is one of our priorities and our PCSOs are currently in the process of visiting farms in the area to provide a crime reduction assessment and follow up with appropriate advice. This is also available to any business that wants it and I would urge any business who would like crime prevention advice to get in touch.

– Inspector Julie Mitchell

Below are some tips on how you can protect your business and how to find out more and get in touch.

  • Make sure areas are well secured and locks on windows and doors are intact.
  • Keep equipment hidden and out of view from areas that are particularly on show or easy to access.
  • Ensure padlocks are secure and where possible, always use a closed shackle padlock as these are much harder to cut. For additional security, have a fabricated metal covering fitted over the padlock to protect it from being easily cut.
  • Mark and photograph all valuable items where possible. This makes it easier for items to be identified and returned, should they be stolen.
  • *If possible, install alarms or CCTV cameras. This will further protect the business while once again acting as a deterrent for thieves.
  • Carry out regular inspections of any outbuildings to ensure they are secure and that nothing has been tampered with over time.
  • To book your free security assessment email businesscrime@southyorks.pnn.police.uk.
  • To access a free business toolkit visit southyorks.police.uk/bizkits.
  • Call 101 to report a crime or visit southyorkshire.police.uk/reportcrime to report a crime online.
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